November is the second month that the CPN Veterans Organization attempts to return to a normal routine. We recently participated in parades in Tecumseh and Wewoka and presented the colors at two functions at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort. The schools are asking us to present the colors for Veterans Day, Nov. 11. We take great pride in representing the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s veterans at these functions. When we participate in parades, we pull a trailer with 10 flags mounted on it.

At the next parade opportunity, we invite all CPN veterans and CPN spouse veterans to join us, and bring a lawn chair if you have one. If not, we will have extras. The more the merrier. We have fun and become inspired by the tremendous response we receive from the crowd.

I need to apologize for an error in September’s Hownikan. I miscalculated the veterans meeting date. I had calculated the fourth Tuesday as the 21, but it was the 28. My bad! We will not be meeting in November, but we plan to get back together for a special Christmas gathering on Dec. 7 beginning at 6 p.m. in the North Reunion Hall.

I’d like to address an issue concerning the respecting and honoring of our flag, our national anthem and our Pledge of Allegiance. These three symbols of our dedication to a country, our country, which is not perfect and has faults, but is still the best this world has to offer. We, all of us, are a part of what makes the United States of America what it is. We are all part of the good and the bad that makes up this nation. Regardless of your criticisms of its systems’ structure, which is still under construction and a work continually under construction, this nation deserves our respect. So, when our flag is presented, our national anthem sung and our Pledge of Allegiance recited, it is an honor to stand and salute with your right hand over your heart. That is respect for a country with a new idea of freedom that is still growing and evolving into an ideal for the world to see and learn from.

(Thank you),

Daryl Talbot, Commander